MIAMI (AP) — A Michigan man is appealing his 165-year prison sentence for traveling to Haiti to sexually abuse children living at a group home for the poor.
Matthew Andrew Carter filed his appeal Monday to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
A federal jury in Miami convicted Carter in February on five counts of traveling from Florida to Haiti for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with minors, along with one count of attempting child sex tourism.
Last week, Judge Joan Lenard imposed the maximum sentence sought by prosecutors.
Prosecutors said Carter targeted poor and vulnerable children who lived at the home he ran from 1995 through 2011. At sentencing, Carter disputed the credibility of victims who testified against him and questioned the lack of physical evidence presented during trial.